Ukulelia – March: Crash Courses & Facebook Stalking

Do, re, mi, fa, so – and welcome to a brand new edition of Ukulelia, the Southern Ukulele Store's monthly round up of the very best in ukulele from right across the world wide web.

Every month we help everyone from ukulele novices, to experienced players, find their perfect instrument and ukulele accessories, but we also like to keep tabs on the online ukulele community. That's why, every month, we serve up a bumper scoop of the best blogs and ukulele news we've been enjoying.

This March; get a fast and frankly excellent run-down of everything a ukulele beginner needs to know for free from Take Lessons, join a Hawaiian ukulele picnic and discover why Facebook stalking uke groups is a great idea!

Ukulele 101 with Take Lessons

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Are you new to the ukulele? It's time for a crash course. Whether you already own an instrument but don't know your strings from your frets, or are only just considered treating yourself to a ukulele, this awesome resource from Take Lessons is a must-read, giving you a thorough briefing on ukulele 101, covering everything from different ukulele sizes, to how to tune your uke – there's even a helpful seven chord chart designed to help newbies start strumming in a matter of seconds, plus links to easy beginner ukulele songs. If you're just getting started, this resource is well worth checking out.

Join the Hawaiian Ukulele Picnic

You may have missed Hawaii's 8th annual Ukulele Picnic this month (sadly flights to the ukulele's homeland don't come cheap), but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy all of the ukulele goodness from afar courtesy of Frolic Hawaii's coverage of the event. In this article Frolic Hawaii talks to some of the stars of the Picnic and shares a ukulele challenge which sees some ukulele masters improvising on a pair of plastic ukes! It's enough to get anyone in the holiday mood.

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The excellent Russ of Ukemarket is pretty new to this blogging thing, but he's been pouring out some really great ukulele related stuff of late. This is one of our favourite recent posts, which begins with the concept of accessing all of the chords and song files stored in the many, many local ukulele groups all over Facebook (by skulking around the social networking site), and ends with a pretty positive take on social media ukulele communities in general (plus tips on the best pages and meetup groups to stalk if you want some free sheet music!). Great stuff, Russ! Keep it coming.

Where are your favourite sites for finding ukulele music? Which ukulele events are you most excited about in your local area? Share your news and hot tips with us and our fans via Twitter @SUS_UKES.

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